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IVN: American Party Candidate Jill Bossi Pushes Term Limits in S.C Senate Race

Jill Bossi

(The following was originally published on the Independent Voter Network.)

In the 2014 U.S. Senate race in South Carolina, most of the focus seems to be on Senator Tim Scott’s campaign to not only be the first black senator to serve South Carolina in the Senate, but the first elected black senator in the state. In December 2012, Governor Nikki Haley appointed Scott to replace retiring Senator Jim DeMint. He is running to win the final two years of DeMint’s term.

However, with all the focus on one candidate, the media is ignoring the minor party candidates in the race.

Among those candidates is Jill Bossi, a businesswoman who recently worked as the vice president and chief procurement officer of the American Red Cross.

Bossi was recently endorsed by the Centrist Project Voice, a political action committee founded by the Centrist Project. The organization says it is the first PAC to support candidates who are willing to put partisanship aside in order to focus on the issues most critical to the nation.

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IVN: Motion Filed: NJ Secretary of State Defends Interests of Political Parties, Not Voters

(The following was originally published in the Independent Voter Network.)

(Newark, NJ) — In May, New Jersey Secretary of State Kim Guadagno filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of the 47% of New Jersey voters who choose not to join a political party. The secretary of state argued that voters have no fundamental right to participate in primary elections despite the fact that their tax dollars fund them.

Independents in New Jersey are required to join a political party in order to vote in the primary.

On Thursday, the Plaintiffs filed their response:

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IVN: How Well Do We Truly Understand the Politics of Millennials?

(The following was originally published on the Independent Voter Network.)

Three articles have appeared in the past week from three different sources that draw three different but interrelated pictures about Millennials and their politics. Gallup released a report showing Millennials are the generation most likely to identify as independent. Almost half of all Millennials surveyed initially identified as independent.

However, many of them admitted to “leaning” toward one party or the other. Nonetheless, one in five Millennials are firmly independent and do not “lean” toward either party, making them the largest bloc of independent voters.

But “lean” may insinuate the wrong idea, according to Vox’s Ezra Klein.

All too often “independent” is assumed to mean moderate. Using the phrase “leans left/right” paints the image of a person standing in the middle of a spectrum and swaying their body to and fro. But according to research, there is no such thing as a truly moderate voter. The idea of a moderate voter is actually based on common survey and statistical mistakes.

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